Do you think it’s a good idea to take antioxidants during the cough/cold season? I am trying hard not to get sick this year.” –V.C., Atlanta, Georgia
Answer: Yes. Anything you put into your body to improve your immune system is important, including good foods. Antioxidants are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many safe and natural substances that improve immunity including medicinal mushroom extracts, larch arabinogalactan, glutathione, quercetin, echinacea, and astragalus. There are many others, which I have elaborated on in other newspaper columns.
The key to preventing illness is by saving up like you do at the bank. If you don’t put deposits into your account, then when you need money for a bill, it isn’t there. The body is essentially the same. You can’t start taking vitamins and expect your body to suddenly ward off a bunch of infectious bugs. It takes a little time and compliance. But definitely start today and just know that you will reap the rewards for years to come.